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Cladding - House SWMS

Cladding - House SWMS

Product SKU: 10343
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  • Review Date: 14 March 2014

The House Cladding Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) is a comprehensive procedure outlining the safety steps for the installation of house cladding or siding.

This Work Method Statement (WMS) is ready to use and is not a blank template. Simply add your company details, ABN, and include any site specific details or risks and make it specific to the task at hand. It is then ready for printing and to be incorporated as part of your overall WHS System.

This SWMS involves general hazards associated with installing house cladding or siding (such as Hardie plank products). This does not include application of other forms of siding or erection/installation of braced framing and substrate. Specific SWMS must be developed when working above 2m. Erection of scaffolds, operation of tools/equipment (such as nail guns, elevated work platforms, mast climbing platforms etc) are not covered.

Remember: The content of the SWMS should be refined over time and include consultation with workers and other persons conducting a business or undertaking. Prior to each new activity, the SWMS must be reviewed and revised to ensure it applies to the high risk construction work and the actual site you are working at.

Document Format
This Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) is provided in the following document formats 


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Main hazards:

  • Falls, slips and trips
  • Electric shock
  • Musculoskeletal Disorder (MSD) from hazardous manual tasks
  • Struck by falling objects
  • Struck by moving vehicles
  • Exposure to hazardous atmosphere (silica during cutting, asbestos-containing materials, lead etc)

The following “High Risk Construction Work" are included in the Cladding - House Safe Work Method Statement as defined by Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011:

  • Falls above 1.8/2m
  • Asbestos
  • Live Electricity
  • Mobile plant

This SWMS includes: 

  • PPE
  • Safety Notes
  • Planning
  • Preparation
  • Pre-Operational Inspection
  • Operation
  • Maintenance
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Review
  • References
  • Employee sign off section
  • Hierarchy of Controls
  • Risk Assessment Matrix

 Related items:

  • Manual Handling – Hazardous Manual Tasks
  • LOTO – Lock Out Tag Out
  • Scaffolding
  • Scissor lift
  • Nail Gun- Pneumatic
  • Heights (Safe Work At)
  • Contact with Utilities

Planning: (extract only)

Where required, develop specific SWMS for demolition of existing cladding / structures. Consider:

  • Suitable disposal units
  • Location of utilities (electrical cables, gas /water pipes etc)
  • Hazardous materials (lead based paints, asbestos etc)
  • Dust suppression
  • Use of power tools and equipment
  • Demolition sequence
  • Personal Protective Equipment required
  • Consideration given to protective premises, surrounding landscaping and related property.

Develop a site and task specific SWMS to control risks. Include access to heights (including use of specific access plant), isolation of electricity / gas etc

Ensure suitable equipment for job. Examples:

  • Falls:
  • Suitable access equipment for work below 1.8/2m, consider use of split-head trestle scaffolding. Ensure:
    • Firm, level ground
    • Correct for job
    • Not located on /near pits, voids or recently backfilled dirt
    • Set up correctly
    • Purpose-designed pins used only
    • Meets requirements of AS/NZS: Guidelines for Scaffolds
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